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To, Ruiz vie for Place 2 seat on Pflugerville City Council

Austin American-Statesman — Rebeccah Macias Austin American-Statesman

Oct. 17--Two candidates are running for Place 2 seat on the Pflugerville City Council.

Victor To, a legal assistant, is running against Ceasar Ruiz, a consultant. They are vying to replace Jeff Marsh, who announced in July he is not seeking reelection.

In other Pflugerville City Council races, incumbent Rudy Metayer is being challenged by Bob Reichenbach for the Place 4 seat, and incumbent Jim McDonald is being challenged by David Rogers for the Place 6 seat.

The winners of the Nov. 3 election will serve a three-year term.

In the Place 2 race, Ruiz, 45, said he recognizes the fast growth that Pflugerville is facing, and if elected, said he would maintain the current infrastructure to keep the city affordable.

"Just as in Austin, there is a boom in residency here in Pflugerville and there has to be maintenance in our roads so we can be ready for that growth," Ruiz said. "Invite all types of people to Pflugerville, everybody that can afford to be here should be here."

Ruiz said he also is concerned about affordability. He said he would aim to work alongside housing developers to create affordable housing.

"I'd work with these developers to bring homes in a price range where people can feel comfortable purchasing and not living paycheck to paycheck to be able to be here," he said

The 24-year-old To said he plans to create more opportunities for youths to get involved in the city and ensure Pflugerville's growth is managed responsibly for residents and businesses.

"I want to make sure Pflugerville stays affordable to its current residents and our roads, water and utilities are ready to handle our growth," To said.

He said challenges facing the city are affordability and a lack of diversity of businesses. "I intend on working towards shifting the tax burden away from citizens and ensuring businesses that come here pay their fair share while concurrently supporting our local businesses," To said.

As a Pflugerville native, To said he is the better candidate since he has witnessed the community grow from farmland to a booming suburb.

"I have years of dedicated service around the community and majoring in government at the University of Texas at Austin provides me with the necessary knowledge and insight needed for responsible governance," he said,

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